INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ An ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a 15-year-old girl whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis backyard in August.
Forty-six-year-old William Gholston appeared before a Marion County judge for his initial hearing Monday on the murder charge he faces in Dominique Allen's death.
Investigators say DNA found on Allen's sandals and body matched samples from Gholston in the state inmate database. Authorities say Gholston was out on parole at the time of her death after serving a prison sentence for 2006 convictions on illegal gun possession and resisting arrest charges.
Deputy Prosecutor Marc Hollingsworth declined to comment about whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Gholston.
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